There are many highs and lows in life, as well as in the chosen career path of an educator. Due to the many people who cross our paths, their worlds will have an impact on us which can be enriching but also draining at times.
Without a doubt, teaching our young students about the importance of kindness is more relevant than ever. Here at Rainbow Sky Creations, we have been passionate about creating resources to make this easy for teachers for a while now.So, with that in mind, we have put together some teaching inspiration, ideas, and suggestions on how to encourage acceptance of others and to celebrate the differences in our classrooms through KINDNESS.
1. The Kindness Campaign
Pin up these tear-off flyers around your school or local community to encourage random acts of kindness. This free resource even includes a blank template for students to get creative and make their own flyers!
2. Integrate into lessons
There are so many ways you can integrate kindness into your lessons. They don’t need to be anything fancy. A quick lesson break that asks students to reflect on one way to be kind to others and then swap ideas with a friend, giving students a post-it note and asking them what kind words they have used today or asking them to contribute two ideas to a class Y chart, are all quick and easy lessons that don’t require much preparation. At the end of the day ask students to share how someone was kind to them, or how they showed empathy to someone.
3. Create a school focus
Creating a focus across the school will bring a central focus to kindness but will also allow you to collaborate with your colleagues and share creative ideas. We are currently doing this at my school. We have a daily random act of kindness the students aim to achieve (we have cheated and are using the ideas from the tear-off flyers). We are encouraging students to ‘dob’ each other in for kindness!
It is also an opportunity to start the kindness movement in your staffroom too.
4. Display reminders
Schools are bright, happy places. Let’s face it, most teachers love a good banner or display. Place reminders of kindness around your classroom. Daily reminders will encourage and remind students to be the kindest versions of themselves.
This year a colleague (known as Mr Robinson) and I have been pinning up random banners around the school for the teachers and students to enjoy. Not only do they brighten the school but they spread positivity. Grab a copy of your free kindness banner here.
5. Read about it
There are so many books suitable for all ages that narrate the importance of kindness in our world. Some of our favourites are:
– Have you Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud
– Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
– The Very Hungry Bear By Nick Bland
– Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
– Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
– We’re all Wonders by R J Palacio
A classroom and school community brings together all sorts of different people. Through exposing them to lessons in kindness, we are offering them and our world a gift.
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